Contact Us

Should Twitter And Facebook Be Held Responsible For Riots In England?

Police walk past a burning car during riots in Birmingham City Centre on August 8, 2011 in Birmingham, England. After three nights of rioting and looting in and around London, the chaos is starting to spread to other cities around Britain. England. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

We’ve all heard about and seen the video of the rioting in London and other towns in England. As we learn more about them, the role of social media like Twitter and Facebook moves more and more to center stage.

Are these giants of social media partially responsible for the riots in England?

The Guardian is now reporting that David Cameron, England’s Prime Minister wants social media to step up and take more responsibility for content posted on their networks that allowed hundreds of individuals to coordinate their attacks.

According to the article in The Guardian a Facebook spokeswoman said:

“We look forward to meeting with the home secretary to explain the measures we have been taking to ensure that Facebook is a safe and positive platform for people in the UK at this challenging time.”

While the social unrest and rioting are terrible, can the social networks like Twitter and Facebook be held responsible for how people use them? Should they be scanning everyone’s posts to see if it might be a cue to gather at one location and cause a ruckus? CAN they even do that?

I’d love to know what you think, take my Online Survey Question over the weekend, “Do you think social media like Twitter and Facebook should be held responsible for how they were used in the riots in England?”

Click here to read the full article in The Guardian.

Not near a Radio? Click here to listen to Lonestar 102.3 online.

Dave D.

More From Blake FM

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://1023blakefm.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on 102.3 Blake FM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on 102.3 Blake FM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!